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October 26, 1957

Obesity: Its Cause, Classification, and Care

JAMA. 1957;165(8):1088. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980260174026

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The medical profession has wholeheartedly endorsed the need to treat obesity for the improvement of health. The treatment of overweight has, however, occupied a position of low prestige, induced in part, perhaps, by the activities of nonscientific groups and individuals and the consequent reluctance of physicians to become identified with them. The publication of this volume is a worthy attempt to demonstrate that management of obesity is an intricate medical problem, which deserves our serious attention. The authors discuss simply but adequately the various factors involved: nutritional, metabolic, endocrine, neurological, and psychological. They indicate also the many difficulties encountered in the handling of the patient. Perhaps the psychological factors involved in the resistance to therapy could stand elaboration. The material in this volume is based on a long, intimate experience with obese patients. The presentation is a well-w balanced and sympathetic approach to a frequently difficult problem involving a powerful

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